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Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. • School Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • Half Days: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Pre-K Half Day: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. • Pre-K Full Day: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Principal's Monthly Message

  January 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,Principal's message
Welcome back to school and finally to 2021. We can only pray that there will be a return to normalcy in the not too distant future.

I would like to thank the first grade teachers and Mr. Joseph for our virtual production of the Shiniest Star and Mr. Joseph for our Christmas Concert. Additionally, thank you to the teachers in Grades 2-5 for our Thanksgiving prayer service and the Advent Wreath services during December that helped us to prepare for the great feast of Christmas.

Financial Aid applications from the Scholarship for Inner City Children for the 2021-2022 school year will be processed online in January and ending in April. Applications can be found on the Archdiocesan website: www.rcan.org.

Registration for next year is quickly upon us. All families will receive a form asking whether or not your student will be returning. This form will be sent on January 11. It is important that you return these forms back to the school office by January 19 by emailing Mrs. Chiusano at jchiusano@sjanj.org in order to have an idea of our enrollment for next year before new registrations are accepted. Please keep in mind that many of our grades are filled to capacity so it is very important that you reserve a space for your child. All tuition must be paid to reserve a space.

Any school parent who wishes a place saved for a sibling next year, who is not currently attending St. John the Apostle School, please include this information on the will/will not form. This form must be received by January 19. Please email Mrs. Chiusano at jchiusano@sjanj.org .

Ms. Carvalho and Mrs. Lopez will ask Pre-K parents to please sign a list for Kindergarten so that places can be saved for your child. It is very important that you do this on time, as we can only guarantee a place if you have signed the sheet. Mrs. West will also have a sign-up sheet for Pre-K4.

All registration will be done on line through PowerSchool. Information will follow as to how the process will take place. We are awaiting the details, so please be patient as the information will passed on to you as soon as we have it. Again, registration cannot happen until all tuition for this year is paid. Registration will begin January 31. A late registration fee will be assessed after February 8.

The January Map Growth testing window opens January 25. All students, both in person and remote in grades 2-8 will take the test. Information about remote testing will be posted on Google Classroom.
Catholic Schools Week is fast approaching. As we have been doing with all our other traditions we will have as many virtual events as possible. Stay tuned for a schedule.

May each of you and your loved ones have a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Dr. Deborah Egan


Catholic Schools

We Believe

Children are our community's most valuable asset, capable of achieving their potential when given the proper guidance and support in our school community. A child's self-esteem is essential to success and must be supported by parents and the school community.

Each child's inherent worth is recognized concerning cultural differences, individual abilities, and unique talents. Children educated in a Christ-centered environment develop spiritually, academically, physically, emotionally, and socially.

Learning is a lifelong process. Children learn at different rates and in different ways from a variety of sources. Instruction must be differentiated and engage all learners with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving. A child's educational success is a responsibility shared by parents, school, and the community working in harmony. Children learn Christian values and ethical conduct taught by parents, reinforced and modeled by the school, and demonstrated through life choices.

Children have a right to feel secure, safe, and supported in their school environment. Children will develop a lifelong commitment of discipleship and stewardship based on the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Our Graduates
Currently, the Alumni Association gives all 8th graders a gift at graduation, as well as one Alumni financial award. Additional fundraising monies are donated to the school for technology needs. Alumni correspondence now mainly comes from the Archdiocese of Newark, School Office. Please consider donating to St. John the Apostle School. Supporting your grammar school ensures St. John the Apostle School memories continue for students in the upcoming years. Wishing your fond memories of SJA continue to be in your hearts and minds always.

2011 National Blue Ribbon School

St. John the Apostle School is a National Blue Ribbon School. The announcement was made Thursday, September 15, 2011, by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. St. John the Apostle School was one of 49 private schools from across the country to receive the prestigious honor. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools whose students achieve at very high levels.

This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our faculty. At St. John the Apostle School, we are continually striving to ensure that the academic program we deliver meets the needs of our students while encouraging them to do their best.

Many hands and minds were put to work as a team united toward a common goal: achieving the Blue Ribbon nomination. The application had us answering questions about our curriculum, assessment, staff development, and history. Faculty wrote content, gave additional application critiques and devoted hours and hours of their time.

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Blue Ribbon School

St. John the Apostle School has been a prominent learning institution since our first class graduated in 1951. We have remained grounded in tradition while growing to become one of the leading Pre-K through 8th-grade schools in the Archdiocese of Newark.